Anxiety Sensitivity Fuels Depression in DID

Higher levels of anxiety sensitivity were associated with more severe depression in adults with dissociative identity disorder, based on data from 21 individuals. Xi Pan, LICSW, MPA Anxiety sensitivity refers to fear of the signs and symptoms of anxiety based on the individual’s belief that the signs of anxiety will have harmful consequences, wrote Xi … Read more

Concern Grows Over ‘Medical Aid in Dying for Mental Illness’ Law

Amid growing concern among the public, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals, the Canadian government is seeking to delay the legalization of its proposed medical assistance in dying (MAID) for mental illness law that is slated to pass on March 17. Canada already has the largest number of deaths by MAID of any nation, with … Read more

Psychiatric Burden High in Cosmetic Dermatology Patients

Patients who presented to a laser and cosmetic dermatology clinic were significantly more likely to be on a psychiatric medication and/or carry a psychiatric diagnosis, compared with those who presented to a medical dermatology clinic, results from a large retrospective analysis showed. “As the rate of cosmetic procedures continues to increase, it is crucial that … Read more

Mental Illness Tied to More Healthcare Use Among Homeless

Among adults experiencing homelessness in Ontario, Canada, those with a mental illness are more likely to use emergency, inpatient, and physician services, according to a new report. In general, homelessness is associated with higher healthcare needs, hospitalizations, and primary care appointments, compared with low-income control groups, the study authors wrote. At the same time, healthcare … Read more

Suicidal Ideation Associated With Increased Alcohol Use During Pandemic

During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians were more than twice as likely to report suicidal ideation if they had increased alcohol consumption, according to a new report. Men and adults over age 65 were the most likely to have links between alcohol consumption and suicidal thoughts. Mélanie Varin “Suicide is an important … Read more

‘U-Shaped’ Relationship Between Bipolar Risk and Parental Age

VIENNA — Individuals born to younger or older parents are at increased risk of developing bipolar disorder, new research suggests. Results from a meta-analysis of more than 210,000 patients with bipolar disorder and over 13 million healthy individuals showed that children of mothers younger than 20 years had a 23% increased risk for bipolar disorder … Read more

Commission Calls for Urgent Action to End Mental Illness Stigma

An international commission has developed a roadmap to end stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness by 2030, and calls on a massive response by governments, industry, the media, employers, and others. The Lancet Commission on Ending Stigma and Discrimination in Mental Health recommends aggressive steps to address stigma, which authors say is often … Read more

Doctors Less Open to New Patients With Opioid Use Disorder

Family physicians are almost three times less likely to offer a new patient appointment to a patient with opioid use disorder (OUD), compared with a patient with diabetes, new data from Ontario, Canada suggest. In a randomized clinical trial that included almost 400 family physicians, those with more than 20 years’ experience were almost 13 … Read more

Gut Microbiota Disruption a Driver of Aggression in Schizophrenia?

Disturbances in the gut may help explain why some patients with schizophrenia are aggressive whereas others are not, new research suggests. However, at least one expert expressed concerns over the study’s conclusions. Results from a study of 50 inpatients with schizophrenia showed significantly higher pro-inflammation, pro-oxidation, and leaky gut biomarkers in those with aggression vs … Read more

Deep Brain Stimulation Effective for OCD, but Barriers Persist

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is safe and effective for individuals with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) that has been resistant to conventional therapy, a meta-analytic review confirms. “DBS is a viable option for treatment-resistant OCD that can be expected to produce a significant clinical benefit in about 2 out of 3 cases,” study investigator Wayne Goodman, … Read more